Ophelia Lillian Dippet
Some, but none she likes.
March 12th, 1864
Fashion Columnist for Witch Weekly
5 [for now]
London, in the care of Armando Dippet.
10" maple and phoenix feather, springy.
Dario Nicholas Dippet, Father | [1836 - 1883] An avid traveller and beast enthusiast, Ophelia would describe her father, chiefly, as "energetic." Or she would have, until he was gored by a manticore.
Josephina Wilena Dippet née Farrow, Mother | [1844 - 1875] A fiercely independent Muggleborn woman, the loss of some children late in her life drove her to insanity, and she died after a few months in an asylum.
Nicolina Juliette Dippet, Sister | [1862 - 1882] Ophelia's greatest friend and confidante. She doesn't know what to do without her, now that she's "dead."
Zoe Liviana Dippet, Sister | [1867 - 1872] Zoe was a bright and cheerful child, but Ophelia doesn't often think of her anymore.
Octavian Willem Dippet, Brother | [1868 - 1879] Ophelia knows she shouldn't speak ill of the dead and all, but she still resents the little twerp for getting her pulled out of Hogwarts with his shenanigans. Oh, and killing their mother. That was also his fault.
Cora Sadie Dippet, Sister | [1873 - 1874] She didn't really last long enough to form an opinion on.
Armando Dippet, Great-Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather and Guardian | [1637 - Present]
Bartholomew "Black Bart" Rodgers, pet niffler [1886 - Present]
A little short at 5'2", Ophelia has a delicate build with very slight curves, dark hair, and dark eyes. Her skin would never be called dark but is a little less fair than most due to her distant Italian heritage. She is right-handed. She dislikes dressing in pastel or particularly bright colors, and thinks people who do are tacky and garish. Probably the only advantage of having to move in with her grandfather is that he has a little more money than her Papa did, and she's taken advantage of it, becoming something of a fashion maven through her appearances at various social events.
-1864 - 1866-
Ophelia is born the second daughter of a slightly eccentric middle-class family on a modest country estate in the Cotswolds. Her father is often away and often brings home strange pets, and one of her earliest memories is of trying to braid a niffler's hair with her older sister, Nicky. Their efforts were not very successful.
-1867 - 1869-
Zoe is born in 1867. Ophelia is too young to really care, but her parents seem happy, so she is, too. By the time her next sibling, Octavian, arrives in 1868, however, she's sort of over not being the darling baby of the family anymore and decides almost immediately that she doesn't like her younger brother; a grudge that would waver slightly but never reverse for the entirety of his life.
-1870 - 1872-
A darker chapter in Dippet history begins when their mother has a miscarriage in 1870; since it was relatively late-term, the entire family is very aware of the loss and of the pain their mother is going through. Josie takes a long time to recover from the loss, and is only just starting to feel herself again in 1872, when she and Dario begin trying to another child. She has just determined that she is pregnant (hooray!) when an illness hits the family. It seems almost everyone is ill at one point or another--first Octavian, then Nicky, then their mother, then Ophelia, and finally five-year-old Zoe. Everyone recovers after about a week, except for Zoe, who dies.
-1873 - 1874-
Mourning for young Zoe does not stop Ophelia's oldest sister, Nicky, from getting her Hogwarts letter and going off to school, nor does it delay the progress of her mother's pregnancy. Because of Josie's illness during the early stages of pregnancy, however, young baby Cora's early life is fraught by health complaints and illnesses. Although she manages, with medical care, to hang on a few extra months and make it into January of 1874, she dies before reaching her first birthday. This is also very hard on Josie, who retreats into herself again. Ophelia has found herself becoming, more and more, her father's daughter, while Octavian manages to break into their mother's inner sanctum of grief to bond more with her. Ophelia also keeps in touch almost daily with her sister Nicky while she's away at school, and can't wait until she gets to attend Hogwarts.
-1875 - 1877-
It's finally here! Ophelia arrives to Hogwarts and is sorted into Gryffindor--like her older sister, Nicky, and like her father, as well. She makes friends with girls in her year, but also with her sister's friends; the two are nearly inseparable outside of classes. Because she is frequently hanging around older girls, Ophelia develops a very early interest in the opposite sex, and has a few particularly fervent crushes on sixth- and seventh-year boys while she is still going through introductory classes.
-1878 - 1879-
When Ophelia returns for her fourth year, Octavian comes with her, but not for very long. Before they've even reached Christmas break, he has decided he's had enough of Hogwarts and misses home, and since the professors won't listen when he says he wants to quit, he runs away, completely disappearing into the wilderness of the Forbidden Forest. This is the final straw for their poor mother, who gets so depressed that Dario is afraid to leave her home alone. At his wits' end, he commits her to an asylum. Merry fucking Christmas.
Octavian is finally found a few months later in early 1879, while the girls are away in their spring semester. Wandering the wilderness was not a kind lifestyle for the sheltered young lad, and he battles illness and injury for about a month after resurfacing before he dies. Their mother, having heard about all of this via letter and being unable to see her son since his return, is convinced that her presence might have brought him back from the edge of death and, in her grief, commits suicide. Both deaths occur before the girls are home from Hogwarts for the year, which cements things in their father's mind; neither one of them shall be returning to the school the following year. Ophelia is very, very displeased, but their father is immovable.
-1880 - 1881-
Ophelia had wondered why Nicky hadn't made any fuss about not being allowed to go back to Hogwarts--her older sister was already seventeen by the time the decision had been made, so even though she had missed her seventh year, there was nothing preventing her from Coming Out the very next day and joining the season! Well, the next season, anyway, once their mother wasn't so recently dead. After a year of private tutoring, their worlds were divided; Ophelia sat and home and hated life, while her sister was swept into a world of endless balls and suitors and things! All of her Hogwarts chums still remembered her, she had the connections, and she ended up making a very good match to a Dutchman, of all people! He had a business out in some colony or other, and it was all very adventurous and exciting. They were married in 1881, and then they were gone, and Ophelia was, except for her father, quite utterly alone.
Of course, Ophelia still wrote to Nicky, and was still quite jealous of everything she was experiencing--but no matter how much she wrote to her sister, the news still ended up shocking her entirely: Nicky had run away from her husband! With one of the natives of the colony they were living in! How scandalous!
Her husband wrote to Mr. Dippet to inform him that Nicky had died, and although Ophelia told her father the truth, Dario believed it was for the best that they take the out that Ophelia's former brother-in-law had given them. Nicky having run away, after all, reflected very poorly on Ophelia's reputation, and would likely mean she would make no match at all, and certainly not a good one if she did. Having a dead sister was better than having a rogue sister. After some argument, Ophelia agreed, and Nicky has been "dead" to the public ever since. Although it was hard to do, Ophelia hasn't had any contact with her dear sister since then, either. Unfortunately, the necessity of "mourning" Nicky means that her Coming Out also had to be delayed by a year.
-1883 - 1885-
Make that two years; although never particularly close to her aunt (her father's sister), Ophelia had been depending upon her to host her Coming Out, since she was the last living female relation that Ophelia had. In January of 1883, however, as preparations are already underway for her debut, her aunt Gianna's house is trampled by mountain trolls, killing Gianna, her husband, and her two sons.
Secretly Ophelia had enjoyed having the slightly less unattractive of her male cousins as a fall-back plan if she couldn't secure any sort of real marriage, so his death hits her particularly hard. Her father has no idea how to even start picking up the pieces of her Coming Out Ball, but promises that he'll find her some sort of suitably well-connected female neighbor to help her into society next year.
Almost as soon as she was out of mourning for her aunt and cousins, tragedy struck her family for the last time.
She knew it was the last time, because there was literally no one else who could have died. Well, she could have died, but that wouldn't have been tragic. No one would have cared. After doing something to upset a manticore, in August of 1883, her father was gored to death, leaving her not only in mourning for a year, but also an unexpected orphan. Lacking any close relations, she is instead made the charge of her great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Armando Dippet. She hadn't even really been aware that he was still alive; she'd only met him once or twice before she went to live with him. It did not take her long to decide her life was over.
Her only hope, she decided, was to find a husband, and hopefully one that she liked better than Nicky had apparently liked her Dutchman. Since Armando is rich, and old enough to know everyone, she assumes he'll present her as soon as she's officially out of mourning for her father despite it being unseasonably late, only he doesn't. Armando had assumed she was already out (as any young woman of twenty really ought to have been!) and hadn't bothered to plan anything.
Deciding she needed to take matters into her own hands--especially since she'd been away from Hogwarts since fourth year and was therefore, she assumed, going to be entirely unknown to absolutely everyone in society--Ophelia started sniffing around and discovered that a finishing school was opening up in September of 1884. This was her only hope, her last chance, and so she made damn sure that her guardian got her in. For the next year she did the Rose thing, then finally debuted in spring of 1885, at the ripe old age of twenty-one
though she immediately started lying about her age and telling everyone she was a year younger.
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